Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 8.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
Economics
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
No

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
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A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Total number of graduates from degree programs:
859

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
86

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Total number of graduates in FY 18-19 was provided by the registrar, Melisa Hubka, based on reported university data. Graduates in majors/minors from each department was collected from department administrative assistants or directly from the registrar, based on reported university data; see additional details in the Notes section.


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Programs with explicit sustainability SLOs:

1. Environmental Science Major/Minor
The environmental science major program of concentration is intended for students who plan to pursue a career requiring scientific training in environmental problems and their solutions. The major will prepare you for jobs in a variety of fields and for further study in graduate programs such as ecology, environmental science, or natural resource management. This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)
(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-science-major-geology-emphasis)

2. Environmental Studies Major/Minor.
Learn about the impact humans have on the environment and how you can contribute to the global effort to restore and preserve our planet. This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)
(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-studies-minor)

3. Biology Major/Minor.
This major requires successful completion of BIO 160 which includes a learning outcome related to Environmental Stewardship.(see below)

4. Geography Major/Minor.
This major requires the successful complete of Geography 200 which includes a learning outcome related to human and natural systems dynamics. (see below)

5. Program for Sustainability Engineering (available starting AY 2016-17)
The Program for Sustainability Engineering (PSE) educates students and the community to understand and demonstrate commitments to sustainable approaches to addressing important problems of our contemporary world. The PSE oversees the sustainability designation to the Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree.

The PSE provides funding for “sustainability challenges” and “analysis of sustainability engineering systems” courses within the engineering department, funding for the “economics of energy and sustainability” course in the economics department, and student/faculty research.

In addition, the PSE maintains and advances sustainability-related teaching and research infrastructure, provides community outreach on sustainability-related topics, and serves as an institutional home for other sustainability-related activities within the engineering department. Students are encouraged to participate with the PSE as interns, researchers, and student club members.(https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/engineering/academics/program-for-sustainability/)

The Program for Sustainable Engineering proposal is attached. This was submitted and approved by faculty senate. The proposal contains the full set of Student Learning Outcomes, their descriptions, and rich detail about the program.


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
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Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
10.01

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data obtained from the registrar per email 10.22.2019:
Total # undergraduates who earned a degree in 17-18: 859
(from Melisa Hubka, 10.29.19)
Biology Major/Minor: 45 majors, 4 minors
(from Erika Purcell-Williams, 10.30.19)
Geography Major/Minor: 5 maj, 8 minors
(from Nellie Anderson-Wright, 11.05.19)
Environmental Studies Major/Minor: 8 maj, 3 min
(from Nellie Anderson-Wright, 11.05.19)
Environmental Science Major/Minor: 3 maj, no minor exists for env sci
(from Nellie Anderson-Wright, 11.05.19)
Sustainable Designation Engineering: 10
(From Melisa Hubka, 10.28.19)

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